A while back I wrote about a friend of mine who was having a deep crisis of faith, and I mentioned that I felt like she was ready to break the chains of fundamentalist Christianity and begin to experience the freedom of a life without limits. While I never really thought of her as a fundy, she was certainly a Christian deceived by much of the fundy rhetoric and anti-science propaganda.
Amanda teetered on the brink for a few weeks, and was seemingly talked back into at least some of the things she had so recently left behind.
But I had faith in my dear girl, and knew that eventually she would be free of her shackles. I must admit however, I had no idea just how quickly that would occur.
If Paul’s writings are called into question, then everyone else’s must be too. And once the Bible falls, everything else about Christianity falls for me.
I’m not saying I don’t believe in God. I do. That’s just a matter of fact for me. God exists. I even think Jesus existed – 4 nearly identical accounts in the Bible, plus other historical sources are enough for me to believe he existed. But was he divine? I’m beginning to think… no.
Being somewhat personally familiar with her type of situation, I can tell you that it is not an easy accomplishment, to begin to think for yourself after so much intensive indoctrination by the religious extremists. It’s scary, it’s lonely, it’s painful. You lose a lot of friends, and a lot of community support from what is basically the only community you’ve had supporting you.
With that in mind, I would encourage all you heathren to stop by and give her a hug. Please don’t start any blog wars, or even respond in kind if you are attacked by an angry commenter or two (and sadly, I suspect you will be). Amanda needs support and comfort, not bile and rage all over her blog. Please, please, please bear that in mind.
(I’ve been sending my hugs via email to avoid just such a circumstance. My presence there is not conducive to civility.)
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